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Communities in Taiwan are 'relatively safe' amid COVID-19 pandemic: health minister

Taiwan's communities are "relatively safe," according to the country's health minister after Tuesday's COVID-19 cases turn out to be zero.

Chen Shih-chung, also the head of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), called the new figure "a small happiness" during a press briefing, expressing hope that the pandemic is coming to an end.

The local infections has been low in Taiwan with about 75% of the cases came from overseas, he believes communities are relatively safe.

However, people should still remain vigilant to avoid infection by the highly contagious and sometimes deadly virus, Chen advised.

Chen also said for the first time that "community spread is unlikely" in Taiwan, while affirming that tests for the virus are being performed with great precision around the nation.

A total of 137 of Taiwan's COVID-19 patients have been released from quarantine, while six have died. The others are still in quarantine and under observation in hospitals, the data from CDC showed.


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